Conard Environmental Research Area & Prairie Restoration

CERA trail map


Mission: The Conard Environmental Research Area, located eleven miles from the Grinnell College Campus, is a 365-acre field station used for class field trips, student and faculty research, and quiet enjoyment.

Location: Grinnell (12 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: There are many ways you can contribute to CERA. As a volunteer you can learn more about natural history, natural resource management and restoration, and environmental education. Volunteer opportunities include seed collecting, seed cleaning, brush clearing, prescribed burning, photodocumentation, biological data entry, assisting with elementary school field trips, leading interpretative tours and wildflower walks, monitoring of field research projects, and other special projects.


When is service needed:   year-round


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: yes
  • Fully virtual possible: yes


Equipment or logistics supplied: College transportation may be available


How to apply: Links for many volunteer activities:

Contact: Emily Klein, CERA Manager,


Operation information: CERA is an exceptional resource for engaging students in environmental inquiry, providing inspiration and raw materials for artistic expression, teachings students and community members of all ages about the history and character of our past, present, and future landscape, and serving as a model for land preservation and ecological restoration. CERA is open to the public for hiking, bird watching, photography, painting, drawing, and other facets of the study and enjoyment of nature.

Address: 1115 8th Ave, Grinnell

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